A month later Joey replayed the scene in the Vic over again in his head for what felt like the hundredth time.

'What was that about?' Whitney said as they crowded around Lucy

'I have no idea' Lucy said shaking her head.

Whitney looked at Joey and then her boyfriend 'Tyler?'

He took a deep breath and Lucy turned around to look at him'

'Lauren's gone' he said

'Gone. What do you mean gone?' Whitney asked him 'We know she went away for a few days to clear her head…The wedding's in a few weeks… the dresses arrived this morning….we have a final fitting tomorrow'

'As if she would still want you two to be bridesmaids' Tyler said looking at his girlfriend and Alice. 'You both turned your back on her when she needed her friends the most.' He frowned at them both. He looked at Lucy 'and you…. You are the cruellest, selfish, self-centred two face bitch that I have ever had the misfortune to meet. I really don't know how you sleep at night' he snapped at her angrily. 'Well I guess you got what you wanted' he told her 'Lauren's gone. She left Walford, and she's not coming back. Gives you a clear run at Joey now doesn't it hey?' he asked her 'But if you were thinking about taking her place at the wedding you're out of luck. She's cancelled everything'

'What?' Joey asked him 'what do you mean she's cancelled everything, what do you mean she's gone?'

'You should have talked to her Joey. God knows she tried to talk to you enough, but you wouldn't even give her the time of day. You should have listened to her and you should have believed her' Tyler frowned angrily at his friend. 'You should have trusted her' he licked his lips 'She's left a box for you at my place' he told him 'You can come and pick it up'

'Where has she gone, I need to see her, I need to talk to her to apologise to tell her that I love her'

'You're too late' Tyler said and he walked out of the pub.

Today was Lauren's 21st birthday. Today was their wedding day.

Joey was slumped on the sofa in their flat…. His flat, he had their song on repeat on the CD player. They were going to have their first dance to this. He didn't have any morphine but he did have a bottle of scotch, which he decided was the next best thing. He held her engagement ring in his hand, tears falling freely down his cheeks. He leant forward to pour another glass of scotch and inadvertently pressed the control for the cd player. Another Bruno Mars song filled the room. As he listened it, it made him miss her more. The chorus didn't apply to him at the moment, but the verses really hit home but Lauren was beautiful, inside and out and he knew that it would only be a matter of time before someone else would see what he did and then chorus would apply to him. He swallowed another glass of scotch.

Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Our song on the radio but it don't sound the same
When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down
'Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name

It all just sounds like oooooh…
Mmm, too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
'Cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby's dancing
But she's dancing with another man

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made, ohh…
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes

It all just sounds like oooooh…
Mmm, too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
'Cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby's dancing
But she's dancing with another man

Although it hurts
I'll be the first to say that I was wrong
Oh, I know I'm probably much too late
To try and apologize for my mistakes
But I just want you to know

I hope he buys you flowers
I hope he holds your hand
Give you all his hours
When he has the chance
Take you to every party
'Cause I remember how much you loved to dance
Do all the things I should have done
When I was your man
Do all the things I should have done

When I was your man

Joey closed his eyes. He'd screwed things up big time. He waited too long to talk to her. He took too much time in realising that he loved her that he wanted to marry her. He knew that he should have believed her…. He knew that and he was kicking himself. He'd lost the best thing that ever happened to him, He'd lost the only girl that he ever loved. The only girl that he would ever love. He'd lost everything. He felt the pain again and poured another glass of scotch and drank it down, the pain dulled. He played the song again.

Elsewhere, Lauren looked around her bedsit. It was all she could afford since she had to pay cancellation fees for the wedding, all the money she had saved had nearly all gone. She had just under £2000 left and she knew that this wouldn't last long.

She sighed and she looked around at the changes she had made, it looked a little brighter than it did when she moved in, she smiled, it looked a lot better. This was now her home.

Her phone beeped and she picked it up and she saw it was a text from Tyler.

'Happy Birthday 21st Birthday Lauren. I miss you. See you soon Tyler xxxxx'

She took a breath and tears stung her eyes. Today was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. She should have been marrying the man that she loved with all her heart, turns out that he didn't feel the same way about her.

She wanted a drink badly, but she knew that she couldn't. That was the way that the old Lauren would have dealt with this situation. But not now. No matter how badly she wanted a drink she knew she wouldn't. It wasn't just her she had to think about now.

She brushed her hand lightly across her stomach 'It's just you and me now baby' she said 'I promise that I'll get a job and get some more money, and you and I … you and I are going to be fine. I love you so much and I can't wait to meet you' she smiled as she thought about the tiny life growing inside her.

The End.

AN: coming soon…..Repercussions.